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Priceless artefacts damaged in Indian Museum renovation: CAG

Renovation works at the Indian Museum in Kolkata were carried out without following the necessary conservation process, leading to priceless artefacts being damaged, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has found.

A CAG statement on Wednesday said it had tabled its report in Parliament on the compliance audit relating to 37 civil ministries and departments of the Union government for 2017-2018.

Irregularities noted

On the Indian Museum, which functions under the Union Culture Ministry, the CAG statement highlighted irregularities in the modernisation project.

“Indian Museum, Kolkata awarded the modernisation work on nomination basis and executed the work without any conservation plan or preparation of Detailed Project Report and proper planning. Major works pertaining to providing modern storage system, fire-fighting, fire-detection and prevention and HVAC were not taken up though sanctioned,” it said.

The museum failed to ensure financial safeguards and monitoring of quality of work during the initial phases

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British designer and London Design Museum founder Terence Conran dies at 88

Terence Conran, a renowned designer and restaurateur credited with modernising British retail and decor, has died aged 88, his family said on Sept 12.

Conran made his name in the 1960s with the Habitat home-furnishing store, known for its contemporary pine furniture, brightly coloured fabrics and tasteful kitchenware which proved a big hit with the public.

He went on to become chairman of the Storehouse Plc retail group which included other well-known British high street shops such as Mothercare and British Home Stores.

Also passionate about food, his first restaurant, The Soup Kitchen, opened in London in 1953, and he went on to open many more in the capital including Le Pont de la Tour, Quaglino’s and Mezzo, with his restaurant interests also ultimately stretching from Paris to New York and Tokyo.

“Terence Conran was instrumental in the redesigning of post-War Britain and his legacy is huge,” said Tim Marlow,

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Heritage Station Museum flooding ends tour appointments | News

PENDLETON —The Umatilla County Historical Society’s Heritage Station Museum has canceled museum tour appointments due to flooding in one of its galleries.

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, one of the museum galleries, housed in the historic 1909 train depot, experienced flooding. No artifacts were lost or damaged during the flood and damage was contained to exhibit displays cases, carpet, drywall and baseboards.

In an Aug. 21 interview, Kari Brooks, the executive director, said the flooding was the result of a plumbing issue with a water valve that went down. 

Since July 28, the Heritage Station Museum has offered museum tour appointments to visitors. These tour appointments were two-hour blocks of time that allowed visitors the comfort of a safe, stress-free museum experience even during COVID-19. During these tour appointments, visitors were able to visit the much-anticipated Umatilla Gold Exhibit and also view a tribute to Til Taylor.

All visitor appointments have

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